41) Sun: Reduction
C: There is a lake under a mountain, reducing it; superior people eliminate wrath and greed.
L: Reduction with sincerity is very auspicious, impeccable. It should be correct. It is beneficial to go somewhere. What is the use of the two bowls? They can be used to receive.
E: Removing acquired conditioning, stilling mundane attraction.
L: Ending affairs, going quickly, there is no fault; but assess before reducing something.
E: Reduction requires evaluation of its appropriateness in the beginning.
L: It is beneficial to be correct. An expedition is inauspicious. No reduction or increase of this.
E: When the mind of Tao is omnipresent and the human mind is not arising, when the golden elixir takes on form, it is beneficial to neither reduce nor increase.
L: Three people traveling are reduced by one person; one person traveling finds a companion.
E: When the human mentality gains, there is loss for the mind of Tao. Therefore, when seeking increase one must use reduction.
L: Reducing sickness, causing there to be joy quickly, there is no fault.
E: Finding gain within loss, there is no fault in reducing weakness and seeking increase in strength.
L: One is given a profit of ten sets of tortoise shells; none can oppose. Very auspicious.
E: Gaining without seeking gain, one returns to the origin, “drumming on bamboo, calling the tortoise, eating jade mushrooms, plucking the lute, summoning the phoenix, drinking from the alchemical crucible,” drinking from the void’s gourd. This is the spontaneous increase of strength when weakness is reduced.
L: Not reducing or increasing this is faultless. Correctness brings good fortune. It is beneficial to go somewhere. Getting a servant, there is no house.
E: The mind of Tao has become master and the human mind has become servant, by doing the non-doing, or doing the non-indulging, or simply meditation. When there is nothing to be reduced or increased, the golden elixir has been perfected by reduction.